You walk into a room, and the door suddenly slams behind you. You hear gas hissing. A sinister eye stares hungrily at you from a hole behind you while you gasp and scream for your life—just before you die. That was H.H. Holmes on a good day. Even before Jack the Ripper stalked foggy streets […]
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There have been many unidentified flying objects sighted throughout history. This list details some of the earlier sightings that have been written down or passed on. Some are exciting, and some are just plain weird. Several surprisingly big names have reported UFOs throughout history. 10 Edmond Halley Photo credit: Richard Phillips Astronomer Edmond Halley, who […]
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While a human's olfactory sense is significantly weaker than many animals', we can still detect billions of different scents. And we expect things in nature to smell a certain way. Fruits smell sweet, flowers smell pleasant, and animals smell earthy. But some plants and animals smell nothing like we would expect, and their scent can […]
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The Holocaust of course saw an enormous number of deaths, with some 10 million people killed at the hands of the Nazis. And yet it is also the story of life, of the many ways that the persecuted managed to resist and survive. 10Beet Juice Photo credit: Wikimedia The persecuted were starved and worked ragged […]
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Trains are certainly one of the most common and simple modes of transport. Over a million people use them around the world every day, and it's no surprise why. Trains are incredibly fast when compared to cars. In addition, the risks of jams or diversions are minimal on the tracks. Trains, like practically anything you […]
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Alexander the Great may have gone down in history as one the the greatest ancient kings of all time. After all, we now refer to him as the Great. But while his legacy is that of the greatest man to have ever lived and conquered, is he as great as history remembers? 10 He Inherited […]
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Our hearts ache every time the peace and tranquility of our daily lives are shattered by extremist Islamic terrorists. When an atrocity hits London, Paris, or New York, the world listens. We band together, we cry together, and we unite in a promise to try to keep terror from ever again rearing its head in […]
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As one of the premiere scientific institutions in the world, NASA has seen more than its fair share of glory and tragedy. Those are the moments that make history. They either create everlasting legacies or go down in infamy. Then there are the other moments. The ones that barely make the papers but make up […]
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Many spend a lifetime searching for that one antique treasure. For the lucky few, historic gems are handed down as family heirlooms or snapped up at a yard sale. Success depends a lot on the trained eye and knowing an item’s back story. Lacking both, rare artifacts can go unidentified or years. Some are found, […]
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Criminals have always been superstitious. It was once a custom for burglars to go as far as to deliberately leave a footprint or a few drops of blood behind as a sort of twisted sacrifice. Other criminals would carry lucky objects on them to prevent their capture. While some people used the help of superstitions […]
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Auctioned-off prizes? Snubbed literary giants? Beef with Russia? Yeah, the Nobel Prize has that. We at Listverse have already gone through 10 odd occurrences in the course of the Nobel Prize’s history. It seems that everyone has their own opinions about the prize winners and the award itself. These debates are helped along by the […]
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Under the surface, the Cold War wasn’t all that cold. All the key players backed campaigns of espionage and even murder. In this environment, assassins flourished like never before. As deadly killers ranged across the world, everyone was a suspect and no one was safe. 10Spray-Gun Man Photo credit: Wikimedia In 1950, a 19-year-old Ukrainian […]
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Child welfare agencies were created to promote the safety and well-being of children. They investigate cases of family violence, child abuse, and neglect, and when necessary, they take protective action. The goal of social workers is to keep children with their families when it is deemed safe and to provide them with a safe environment […]
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The following list is not intended for readers with delicate sensibilities. You may even want to stop eating before you read further. However, those of you brave enough to venture forward will find that your own experience of immense diarrheal embarrassment hardly compares to the unfortunate and malodorous individuals mentioned below. 10 Kim Jong Un's […]
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"All's fair in love and war," is an excuse some of these individuals may have to rely upon. Although many simply did what they had to do in order to survive Nazi terror, others sought to profit from National Socialist power. It was a war which tested the morality of millions, and whilst some chose […]
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The US Civil War was a horrible, brutal war. Men raised their weapons against their countrymen, and they slaughtered one another in one of the most violent and devastating conflicts in US history. By the end, 625,000 people had died—more American casualties than World War I and World War II combined. Nobody imagined that it […]
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The ancient Romans and Greeks had a highly liberated attitude toward sex—one that is surprising, even by today’s standards. They had gods devoted to it, festivals to partake in it, and local economies that surrounded it. Sex was not something to be ashamed of or hidden from public view. Rather, it was something to rejoice […]
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Some people like to think there is a huge gap between humans and animals. Either humans are nobler than beasts, or animals are more innocent and pure. It turns out that humans are animals and all of our foibles can be found somewhere in the animal kingdom—including the desire to use drugs. Here are ten […]
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Thanks to modern technology, the life of one ancient European is being followed like no other. Otzi is the oldest preserved human ever found and the best-studied. Despite his near superstar status and having been examined for countless hours, the 45-year-old continues to churn out remarkable information about the weather, genetics, migration, and the true […]
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Over the past few months, we've gotten more access to the inner workings of the CIA than we've had in a long time. Thirteen million declassified documents were put online in a searchable database, while WikiLeaks has been exposing one of the biggest caches of confidential documents in history. More than a few of these […]
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Everyone loves a good cult classic—or loves to hate them. (And they don’t make them like they used to.) Either way, on this list are some lesser-known facts about some of the biggest cult movies to date. 10 Back To The Future Photo credit: Universal Pictures Back to the Future was written by Bob Gale […]
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We've all seen pictures of crop circles, and most of us know they're the work of hoaxers with a plank of wood, some rope, and too much time on their hands. However, there are some really interesting points about crop circles that make you wonder whether there might be more to them than meets the […]
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Many people dream about winning the lottery; they believe that the money will solve all of their troubles. Unfortunately, the windfall can bring more problems than it solves. Most people do not know how to deal with their newfound wealth, and many of the winners go bankrupt. Unfortunately, the money often attracts greedy people, who […]
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Qin Shi Huang was a ruler unlike any the world had ever seen. He rose his armies against every kingdom around him and conquered them all. He became the first emperor of a united China, and he left his mark on the world. He started the Great Wall, built the Terracotta Warriors, and left behind […]
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The Inca Empire was prosperous from the mid-1430s to 1572 when Spain’s Francisco Pizarro conquered them. This civilization spread from most of Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and part of Southern Colombia. If you were lucky enough not to be part of the 25 percent of kids who died before age five, you would have had a […]
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In the last decade, massacres have occurred across the developed world. Some, like San Bernardino and Paris, were committed by Islamic extremists. Others, like Anders Behring Breivik's rampage in Norway, were the work of right-wing lunatics. It's easy to think that these aren't normal, that this is something new. But massacres have occurred in almost […]
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Genghis Kahn and his Mongolian hordes swept through Asia, slaughtering and conquering a huge part of the world. No army could stand in their way. By the time their conquests had ended, they had wiped out a tenth of the world's population. It took an intense and brutal army to pull it off. Fighters in […]
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It is arguably the greatest drama of all time. It is #peakTV at its finest. Breaking Bad will go down in history as one of the most influential shows of all time. Many people call the show perfect. In fact, Sir Anthony Hopkins, one of the greatest actors of all time, told Bryan Cranston "Your […]
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Everyone loves a good story, but not everyone loves history. So what is a frustrated historian or museum curator to do when folks just aren't interested? They make things up, of course. Yes, it turns out history is just bursting with little bits of fiction someone threw in for flavor at some point. Of course, […]
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There's a part of ourselves that we can see in chimpanzees. They are our closest living ancestors, creatures who share 99 percent of our DNA and behave more like human beings than any other species on Earth. They are a glimpse into the basest part of our nature. They are a living embodiment of the […]
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Anyone who has ever taken an English class or left a comment on a Web page knows the annoyance of having their grammar corrected. It's an unpleasant experience for sure, but it turns out those grammar Nazis may be on to something. No, the world won't come to a screeching halt if a kitten video […]
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In 1932 in Depression-era America, MGM Studios came under fire after the release of Freaks, a horror film centered around carnival sideshow performers with real disabilities. The following 10 facts focus on the irrational censorship fueled by timid audiences, the public's absurd reaction to the unknown, and the distressing exploitative nature of pre-Code Hollywood. 10 […]
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The Picts are the most enigmatic people of Medieval Europe. Virtually nothing is known of these “barbarians” who occupied the mist-cloaked lands north of Hadrian's Wall between the Roman invasion and Viking onslaughts. These ancient inhabitants of Scotland's far north were as mysterious to their contemporaries as they are to modern scholars. They spoke an […]
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When ancient ships are discovered, largely all that remains are remnants of wood. Eons beneath the waves will dismantle organic matter, and within decades, cargoes and passengers are erased. Once in a while, the icy depths become an untouched tomb, preserving moments from hundreds, even thousands of years ago. From what the royals wore, snacks […]
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Without archaeological puzzles, researchers wouldn't have much of a career. Luckily for archaeologists, known objects turn up where they shouldn't while unknown objects sometimes surface as one-of-a-kind, enormous structures built with dedication but no clear purpose. Subscribe to the Listverse YouTube Channel, or read the original list here. Discover more wild history on Listverse: 10 […]
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Millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of work are spent producing video games that are fun, entertaining, and satisfying. But sometimes, the ending of a game can leave you wanting more or just fail to close out the story in a meaningful way. But there are also those rare gems that absolutely nail it, […]
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Whether you pay attention to fashion trends or not, we all wear clothes on a daily basis. Fashion is a multibillion-dollar industry. With the growing demand for extremely cheap clothing prices in the Western world, the money for materials, labor, and shipping has to come from somewhere. It would be impossible to achieve the abundance […]
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Reports of octopus attacks were prevalent in the past when people believed that the octopus was a gross and evil creature of the sea. They often called it the devilfish because of its looks. They had no idea just how intriguing and intelligent the octopus really is. 10Mr. Inkster It is almost ironic that a […]
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Sometimes, we know the end is coming. What would you say to your loved ones? Would your last words be mundane or incredible, thoughtful or thoughtless? Would they be the same if you had no foreknowledge of your end? World War II was one of the most death-filled chapters of our history, with at least […]
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The pharaohs of Egypt were treated like gods. They were rulers of one of the first great civilizations, living in absolute luxury, with dominion over an empire the likes of which the world had never seen. They dined on milk and honey. Teams of people died building statues in their honor. And, when their own […]
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Most people who live in the United States know that they probably don’t have the most dangerous animals around. Unlike Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia, there just aren't that many large beasts that pose a danger to humans. Of course, there are some big critters to be concerned with, but most often, the smaller […]
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Urine is hardly something you’d call interesting or useful, other than for expelling waste from the body. In fact, you probably don't give urine or urination much of a thought, other than when you're doing it. And why should you? There's obviously nothing interesting about it . . . or is there? In this list, we will be exploring […]
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A soldier’s life is a practical one, with gear designed to match. When we imagine warriors, whether modern or ancient, we think of gear designed for function and not form. But throughout history, symbolism has held a powerful place in our cultures. This is reflected in armor from ages past that portrays otherworldly creatures, folklore, […]
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Humans like to think that they have perfect control of the world. It certainly seems as if we do when you think about the devastation we have caused to natural habitats. Sometimes, however, animals find ways of getting us back. The best-laid plans of mice and men. Here are 10 ways that animals have sabotaged […]
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Each year, certain news stories stand out from the rest. From mysterious diseases to strange happenings, a handful of unfortunate people are singled out to be named in a series of bizarre tales. These cases are entirely out of the ordinary, leading us to believe that, at least in the medical field, nothing is absolutely […]
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Since the beginning of recorded history, legends have been born surrounding the elegant, beautiful, and sometimes treacherous mermaid. Their siren songs, beautiful looks, and ocean dwelling lifestyle has made the mermaid an enigma in the minds of people everywhere. Cultures across the world have their own versions of this magical being, from the ningyo of […]
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There is nothing quite like finding the first bone or brick of ancient remains. While such discoveries can take mere moments, understanding the whole story behind ruins, lost kingdoms, and old familiars can take decades. Archaeological sites can grind to a standstill, only moving forward again with the “story” when the next find falls into […]
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2015 marked the hundredth year since the Armenian Genocide began, where it is approximated that 1.5 million of the two million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire lost their lives. The Ottoman Empire's meticulous cover-up of events, as well as the overwhelming scale of their systematic barbarism, means that the real number will never be known […]
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Also known as the Anasazi, the ancestral Pueblos were a prehistoric Native American nation. They left behind breathtaking buildings and mysterious graves. Extensive research has been done on this Pre-Columbian society that originated around 1200 BC, and some of it yielded remarkable genetic information, exposing the true power players, advanced knowledge, and trade routes. Scientists […]
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Highwaymen were the pirates of the land, robbing travelers along public roads leaving a path of terror in their wake. The following ten tales focus specifically on American highwaymen whose monstrous and murderous deeds throughout history have, until now, seamlessly faded from present day literature. 10The Doan Brothers Between 1781 and 1788, the Doan brothers […]
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In 1932, Australia declared war on emus. And, by most accounts, the emus won. It's one of the Internet's favorite stories, one that's been spread on every website that deals in shocking facts. including this one. But the story, which played out over months, is usually told in a single sentence. Every detail that led […]
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Despite all of mankind's cultural differences, every parent fears the death of their child. Throughout history, people have mourned their children in a variety of ways. In some cultures, however, the value of a child's life was not considered as important as an adult's. 10 Ancient China In ancient China, infant death was so common […]
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People who talk seriously about the existence of extraterrestrials are generally considered to be somewhat less than sane. Yet as humans explore further into the universe, some official agencies, such as the United Nations and the United States Congress, have thought it prudent to set in place official regulations in the event that alien life […]
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History has provided us with numerous strange theories about the Earth. But none are as persistent as the theory that the Earth is hollow inside. Not only that, but this hollow space may be inhabited by people and animals. It is easy to want to believe that there may be a utopian space within the […]
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When the death of little-known conspiracy theorist Max Spiers began to make mainstream news broadcasts in 2016, he suddenly became one of the most talked-about people in his field. On July 16, he mysteriously died lying on a couch in Warsaw. His death is shrouded in mystery, as are the events that appear to have […]
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Thrift stores are filled with a variety of unwanted goods. Most of the items are just used versions of the merchandise you can buy in stores. However, some people are lucky enough to find treasures hidden amongst the discarded junk. 10A Copy of the Declaration of Independence Michael Sparks frequently visited the Music City Thrift […]
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From Columbus to Magellan, the famous travelers of the Age of Exploration have become household names. Before that, we tend to think of the world as a parochial place, with people barely aware of what lay beyond their own backyard. But the truth is that daring explorers flourished in the Middle Ages, crossing vast distances […]
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China is doing its best to make the world like them. They're heavily wrapped up in a "soft power" campaign, which means that instead of force, they're trying to use propaganda to get what they want. They want to manipulate the way the world thinks—and they're not even trying to hide it. They're actually weirdly […]
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Some encounters suggest that portals really do exist. These events are usually investigated by UFO researchers and organizations due to their strangeness. Even people involved with the CERN project have spoken in such tones, with hopes of soon being able to better understand other dimensions. Here are 10 intriguing events, all bizarrely unique. However, the […]
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Smuggling and prison go hand in hand. Behind bars, the cost of contraband skyrockets. To get their goods, inmate use pigeons, drones, sandwiches, and corrupt guards. Mind-altering substances and weapons are perennial favorites. However, phones, steroids, erotic novels, and semen are being smuggled both in and out with increasing frequency. 10 Pigeon Phone Photo credit: […]
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There was a time when Persia was the greatest empire in the world. They marched upon Greece with an army of 2.5 million fighters—but, because they lost, we have only heard the story through the words of their enemies. Most people today know it through the story of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans—but that was […]
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The events of World War II may show humanity at its lowest point. Clashing political ideologies and the ensuing worldwide combat produced a nearly unprecedented level of bloodshed and destruction. Although the Holocaust showed the extreme nature of the war and the horrifying extent to which a nation could be driven, Japan's Unit 731 facilities, […]
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Before Peter the Great, who ruled from 1682 to 1725, Russia was lagging years behind the rest of the world. While the Enlightenment was bringing the European world into a new age, Russia was stagnant, until Tsar Peter I dragged it kicking and screaming into the modern world. Peter the Great did some incredible things […]
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It is a very bad idea to stowaway on a plane. Unless you are lucky enough to sneak onto the cabin, you will most likely die. Your body can not take the freezing temperatures and low oxygen of high altitudes. Very few stowaways—less than 25 percent—manage to survive their flight. Here are a few of […]
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Think jogging is safe? Think again. Every year, joggers fall victim to brutal slaughter. The exercise takes people through lonely, desolate areas and the haunts of killers. Runners trigger predatory instincts in the depraved. Sometimes, runners fall victim to savage sexual assaults. Other times, random and senseless acts of violence occur. Recently, female joggers have […]
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Our past is filled with colorful characters who often get left out of the history books. From swashbuckling adventures to love stories to tales of rags-to-riches, their lives seem plucked right out of a Hollywood blockbuster. 10“Lord” Timothy Dexter Sometimes it is better to be lucky than smart, and nobody exemplified this better than 18th […]
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With the rise of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, many people in Great Britain became skeptical of the supernatural. The authorities stopped taking superstition seriously, and the Witchcraft Act of 1735 actually punished people for accusing others of witchcraft. Still, we have plenty of supernatural accounts from that time, most of which, no matter […]
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Revenge is in our blood. It is it in our nature—when somebody hurts us, we want them to feel what they put us through. We want justice to be served. But for some people, the penalty of the law is not enough. They want the people who hurt them to suffer, beyond the weight of […]
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In the 13th century, the Mongols erupted from their isolated homeland, forming one of the greatest empires the world has ever known. Although they had a reputation as simple warriors, the Mongol ruling family soon became the richest and most powerful clan on Earth. Moving from felt tents to their great palace city at Karakorum, […]
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Venice, often known as “the floating city,” was founded in the fifth century AD. Built after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city became the merchant capital of the world. Venice is completely surrounded by water. People use boats as the main form of transport as the city is made up of many small […]
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The musicians who recorded your favorite albums were really, really high on drugs. It's considered a feat when a professional musician manages to do his job without getting high. But you might not realize just how crazy your favorite musician's drug habits really were. Some of the stories from the world of rock 'n roll […]
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History is the study of the past through written documents, which means that most people technically didn’t make it into history at all. Traditional historians weren’t very interested in recording the fate of random peasants. But every so often, these forgotten people would force their way into the history books. Some even defied the aristocrats […]
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Americans get all the good conspiracies. If the Internet is right, Americans have faked everything from terrorist attacks to Moon landings. They have a secret army base full of space aliens. They even have a government run by reptilian Illuminati shape-shifters who—if we understand this correctly—are both Jews and Freemasons. But that doesn't mean the […]
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People are accustomed to water, and why not? It covers most of the planet, it makes up most of our bodies, we need it to live, we recreate in it, and plenty of us travel over it. Water's ubiquity aside, total immersion in it can certainly be deadly. Some people who have found themselves trapped […]
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The Nordic Region includes several countries and islands. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Aland are all steeped in ancient history. Constant new discoveries prove that there’s still much to learn from this corner of the world. From mysterious settlers and circles to the graves of saints and ships to bloody […]
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Male bravado is often blamed the tendency of men to do extraordinarily dangerous things to impress others. But daredevils come in all shapes, sizes, and sexes. Women can and have been just as able to throw their own sense of self-preservation away to do really cool tricks. 10Helen Gibson Helen Gibson is generally considered the […]
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The Cold War is a name given to the years following World War II up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. During that time, the United States and the Soviet Union had a tense standoff. The two sides began an arms race, making as much advanced technology as possible to beat the other. When […]
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Contraptions that resulted in one's beheading were used throughout Europe for centuries. However, the guillotine would forever overshadow previous death machines due to its use during the French Revolution. The following 10 entries detail peculiar facts pertaining to the guillotine, from its role during the Reign of Terror to its morbid present-day utilization. 10 Creation […]
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There is nothing new about "alternative facts.” Humans are tribal creatures that place illogical trust in authorities, source news to fit our views, and hold irrational ideas if they are part our identity. Social media and a fiercely divided press have ushered in an age of anti-intellectualism. Fortunately, research has shown that anyone can be […]
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No matter why groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS target the West, their actions are unforgivable. When a group of people hates you this much, though, it's worth asking why. How can they justify this? What are these people trying to achieve? They're questions we often ask, but that we rarely try to answer. The motives […]
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Mysterious ruins and artifacts remain tantalizing, but they can only bring so much information to the archaeological table. The written word and etched picture can patch history a lot quicker. Carvings especially make lasting “stone pages.” They can reveal much about ancient law, revolutions and wars, and personal insights into first contact between continents. Even […]
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The United States is a country thanks to one of the most well-known conflicts in history: the American Revolution. Yet the United States continued to be involved in military matters at home and abroad for centuries to come, many of which aren’t taught at all in American schools. 10Fiji Expeditions Photo credit: Wikimedia There were […]
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The 1990s was a great and terrible time for music. There were number one hits that still feature on playlists today, and then there were songs that many feel should never have been written. However it may be, there are some facts behind popular 1990s songs that make them just that much more weird. […]
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Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most mind-blowing events each month. While February 2017 was lacking the kind of high-profile attacks, elections, or conflicts that send newsrooms into a frenzy, it was still plenty strange, plenty scary, […]
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Life in ancient Rome was rough, especially for children. Even if they were lucky enough to survive for more than a few years, they had to look forward to a life filled with grueling or dangerous work for little reward. Only a privileged few got to reap the benefits of life to its fullest. Despite […]
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The first chairman of Communist China left his mark on history. There was a whole cult of personality around Mao Tse-tung. He was, after all, a hero. He'd made the Long March, fought off the Kuomintang and the Japanese, and maybe sort of accidentally caused the deaths of more innocent people than any other person […]
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Before being reprinted endlessly and dispensed to all of us by our teachers, each classic piece of literature was a manuscript covered in scribbles—or maybe just a single image that flashed through the author's mind one day. The doodles and scribbles of famous authors can be even more fascinating—and more revealing—than the finished works for […]
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No tribe could stand against the might of the colonial British Empire. In the era of colonialism, when the British Empire swept through every corner of the globe, no one could stop them. Few made them fight as hard, though, as the Maori of New Zealand. The Maori, before colonialism, were brutal warriors. They were […]
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With the seemingly endless headlines surrounding the discovery of seven new Earth-size planets revolving about the star TRAPPIST-1, one may be wondering, “What's all the fuss about?” The answer: This discovery is a “crucial step” toward finding extraterrestrial life in the universe, according to Amaury Triaud, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge. And even […]
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Death isn't something we like to think about, but it's something every one of us will experience. Few thoughts fill us with as much fear and dread. It's easy to lie awake at night wondering what it will be like. Will it hurt? Will we be scared? Will there be release or just panic and […]
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The Huns were an enigmatic, multiethnic confederation that controlled massive swaths of the Eurasian Steppe between the first and fifth centuries AD. They swept in from the East, displacing entire civilizations in their wake. Almost nothing is known of these mysterious warriors, and what few historical accounts survive are predominately anti-Hun propaganda. To this day, […]
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For most, the word "pirate" conjures up images of 17th-century swashbuckling adventure full of sword fights, plank-walking, and treasure. However, few realize that in recent decades, there has actually been a revival of high seas piracy. These pirates aren’t anything like the popular societal conception and have been known to commit horrible crimes. Contemporary pirates […]
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Do not confuse labyrinths with mazes. Mazes are complex, multibranched puzzles. Labyrinths are single, nonbranching paths that lead to a center. Millennia ago, labyrinth designs mysteriously appeared throughout the world. They have long been sites of religious devotion and healing. Many believe that they represented the border between the worlds of the living and the […]
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How often have you visited a historical site and been stunned that someone would be so selfish as to carve their names into it? This type of vandalism might seem to be the product of modern narcissism. But in reality, the human urge to leave their mark goes back millennia. 10Pompeian Prostitutes Photo credit: Pompeian […]
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Hollywood has a history with pedophiles. Corrupt managers have used the promise of stardom to sexually abuse for years, all the way back to the days of Judy Garland. It is, in the words of one movie executive, "a time-honored tradition in this town." It took the state a long time to do anything about […]
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How far are you willing to go to get the hot new look? Much of human history has been driven by the desire to present ourselves in our best light. As it turns out, there’s not much that people won’t do in their struggle to be attractive. Here are ten of the grossest things people […]
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While the Wild West wasn’t quite the world of gunslingers and desperadoes portrayed in movies, it was still a dangerous place. With law enforcement often miles away, criminals flourished, and people were left to take matters into their own hands—often with terrifying results. 10The People Under The Floor Photo credit: John Collier In 1870, a […]
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War is never easy. Its heroes are often remembered for their patriotism and valor when the men and women return home from the battlefield. There are other military heroes, however, that often go unsung: the dogs of war. Here are 10 stories out of the thousands of dogs who work with soldiers all over the […]
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Taking another human’s life is a deeply troubling thing. In many cases this is a criminal act, considered one of the worst offenses possible. Other times it is mandated by the state. Executions have been performed for almost as long as there has been human civilization, meaning there have been executioners for just as long. […]
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Much of human history is not written on paper but in our genes. Some genes show the true, unexpected origins of cultures and the desperate evolution to survive pandemics while others have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Ancient DNA also dispels myths but opens up new mysteries. 10 The Columbian Exchange Photo credit: Smithsonian […]
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